A first drive review of the 2019 BMW X5 (xDrive40i version)


Are you a BMW fan or just wondering how a drive would feel like in the new 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i? No worries, check out this first drive review here!

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In this post, we have picked the 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i and brought you a first drive review based on notes from auto testers around the world that have already driven the car.


This is the new and impressive looking 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2019 BMW X5 – The Exterior

First, anyone would immediately notice the clean surface of this new X5 as it is accentuated by few but simple straight lines and it overall looks imposing as it stands on its 21-inch or an available 22-inch too. It’s front fascia definitely looks more interesting to the eyes with its double kidney grille which is even more dominant visually than ever. Also, at the back, the lights of the new BMW X5 are now slimmer with the exhaust tips being larger and better integrated visually into the vehicle’s bumper.


There are so many things to love on the exterior of the new 2019 BMW X5 immediately you see it

2019 BMW X5 – The Interior

If you are in search of a perfect exemplar of the true BMW’s design know-how, then the interior of this new 2019 X5 just says it all.

You will surely find the beautiful combination of leather and wood on the dash and door panels pleasing to the eyes without any gauche or gaudy feel. The controls and buttons on the centre stack look pretty simple and well placed as they are kept to a minimal level with only the important ones being located on the steering wheel.

It is very likely that anyone would love the row of buttons that are numbered 1 – 8, which you can easily program them to perform any custom function such as putting the car itself to a specific desired drive mode, calling your wife/husband or partner, navigating to your favourite destination or tuning in to a favourite radio station. And, the infotainment displays and digital instrument panel in this new X5 are really crisp and clear than ever.


The new 2019 BMW X5 has a lot to offer on the inside than you would think

This 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i is the first vehicle to actually employ the BMW’s very own newest operating system – the iDrive 7. Many might recollect that the old iDrive had many issues like its manifold old system’s menu which were a pain to even navigate. But all that has become history with the iDrive 7 now featured in this new BMW X5. The new X5 has a large central display screen that can directly display much information and it is as well configurable to pretty much put all your most desired info at its forefront before others.

2019 BMW X5 – How’s the drive?

If you are curious about what other features this new 2019 BMW X5 has got that will improve the drive experience, below are some of its features tailored towards a better drive;

  • Stop-and-go adaptive cruise control (really helpful in traffic jams)
  • Reversing assistant (can remember the very last 164ft you have driven, and auto trace that very path back in reverse for you)
  • You can also control some specific features of the new X5 with connected services from your mobile phone and also use the phone as a key for the car.
  • Cooling and heating cupholders
  • Electrically powered split tailgate
  • Self-levelling air suspension (off-road package)
  • 360-degree surround cameras (for re-orientation off-road)
  • Hill descent control
  • Ventilated seats

The 2019 BMW X5 Is a Sporty Midsize Luxury SUV

2019 BMW X5 – Pricing

The new 2019 BMW X5 starts with a base price of $61,695 (₦22.2 million) for the xDrive40i and then goes up really quickly from that price. Adding options like Off-road, Luxury seating, Driving Assistance Plus, Executive and Premium packages would cost an extra $20,000 (₦7.2 million).

With such pricing, one cannot but consider that the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q7 actually cost less than this new X5, and they even start at lower prices too if one doesn’t opt for an all-wheel-drive option.

The pricing of this new BMW X5 might really be on the high side but it sure comes with loads of useful technology, unique and thoughtful interior design overall. It might, unfortunately, be in such a hot segment of the auto market but it sure has so much to offer in competition with all other vehicles in its class.


The pricing of the new 2019 BMW X5 might not really be on the low side but it sure worth it


The new 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i that was tested and featured in this review was indeed commended by all the test drivers who gave it a first drive spin. They all concluded that if anyone is in need of an off-road capable yet luxurious crossover, this new X5 is the one.

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